Hugh Freeze on Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche’s Sugar Bowl status: “no cut and dry answers”
Ole Miss star defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche received stitches in his back and leg and has a swollen ankle following a fall at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend. The Rebels standout will return to the Oxford, Miss., campus Monday, according to Rebels coach Hugh Freeze.
Nkemdiche, who fell about 15 feet from the fourth floor of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel, was charged with possession of marijuana earlier Monday.
“When you and I grew up, we made our mistakes, and they weren’t on the front page of everything,” Freeze said. “Unfortunately today when kids do, it’s well known. It certainly was a poor decision to be in the situation he was in. Without knowing the details, it’s hard to say exactly all the issues that are involved.”
Freeze said Nkemdiche reached out to apologize and give him an update on his status in a brief conversation Sunday night.
“When he says he has stitches in his legs and back, I don’t know exactly what that means,” Freeze said on Monday. “… He said he was fine and going to be fine. I look forward to visiting with him when he gets back today.”
Freeze said the team doctors will look at Nkemdiche when he returns to campus Monday.
Freeze also said he has not made an decisions on whether Nkemdiche will be available to play against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl because he has not gathered all the facts.
“I haven’t sat down and spoken to him, and I owe him that,” Freeze said. “… You’ve got to see the whole thing for what it is and I haven’t had the time to do that yet.
“Anytime these things happen with young men, there’s no cut and dry answers with these deals until you figure out what you’re dealing with.”